The 2017 NFL Draft has a lot of intriguing options at wide receiver, and one more underclassman made his decision. USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster announced Saturday evening on Twitter that he will enter the draft. This is not unexpected, as the class gets larger and larger. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Monday, January 16.
CBS Sports lists Smith-Schuster as the fourth receiver on their big board, rating him as a first or second round pick. ESPN’s Scouts Inc. ranks him No. 19, and second among wide receivers. Scouting reports like his size and physicality, but there are some questions about his route-running. He is not an elite burner, but would seem to be able to build his game around physicality.
CBS Sports compared him to Brandon Marshall. They said, “Though two inches shorter than the 6-4, 220 pound Pro-Bowler, Smith-Schuster offers a similar blend of physicality, reliable hands and competitiveness on the outside.”
The 49ers have a big need at wide receiver, after years of spending late round picks on the position. Trent Baalke struggled to find wide receivers in the draft, and I am curious what kind of wide receiver-related questions GM candidates are getting in the current interview process.